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More performances and more music coming up! In May, my new brass trio will be premiered at the New Britain Museum of Modern Art. It's called High Times for Low Brass and is a strange mix of genres and levels. I'm also hard at work on Dan's Trumpet Sonata and a new work for Trombone and Violin, a vocal jazz piece for my friends Jenn and Shon, and some incidenal music for a poet and chamber ensemble. I'm also starting the long term planning of a musical and a song cycle for kids, but those are way in the planning stages.
Time flies when you decide to buy a house, so while I've been busy doing that I haven't updated the site in awhile.
Coming up on March 9th, Matt Russo and the UCONN Symphony will premiere the newly orchestrated version of my first trombone concerto, "Cowiche" at 8pm. You can find more information HERE.
Next up some chamber and jazz music. I've been commissioned to write a new work for Trumpet and Piano for Dan D'Addio, and then I'm looking to write some fun music for fun performers. Want something, let me know?
New Recording! Listen to John Hart and the Hartt Wind Ensemble premiere Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?! They did a fantastic job with the work and the recording came out quite well. Enjoy!
Sorry again for the delay in posting. Coming up in April, Glen Adsit and the Hartt Wind Ensemble will premiere Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? in Hartford, CT. I'm also at working on a commission for the Army MI Corps Band that will be premiered out west in the fall. Some other works are slowly gestating, so I hope 2016 will be a lot fuller than 2015. Stay tuned for more announcements!
...but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river is complete and in the hands of Elisabeth and HICO. Concert will be 10/10 at 7:30pm in Hartford and I'd love to have as many there as possible. Here's the poster:
but in this dark night continues to develop and the entire work is here. Now just comes the whole editing process. And in a separate note, Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?will be premiered by Glen Adsit and the Hartt Wind Ensemble in April 2016. It will be on a concert that also features the works of my two mentors, Chen Yi and Zhou Long. Should be a fun reunion! But for now, back to work.
I'm currently working on a large-scale work for the soprano Ellisabeth Halliday and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra entitled, ...but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river: The Diary of Agnes Williams. Yes, it's quite the mouthful, and it's giant, at least 30 minutes long. It will be premiered this coming October and I'll keep you updated as we get closer. I'm nearly done with the first draft and have just recently settled on the title (although with it being so long you'd think I couldn't settle on anything...). More to come as the process continues!